40 Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti

40 Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti

Model: 5183 / CNP74416 UPC: 9781625590008 ISBN: 1625590008
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Arranged for solo guitar by Andrew Zohn
Publication's Style: Soft Cover
Pages: 99
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
General Description: Solos from the Baroque period

The Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) are so common to the guitarist’s repertoire that one could easily assume that they were written originally for the instrument. In fact, despite the prodigious output of this composer, Scarlatti never composed for guitar. This is a bit surprising considering he spent much of his adult life on the Iberian Peninsula where the guitar (chitarra spagnola) was, at that time, enjoying considerable popularity. The following sonatas are transcriptions of a small portion of the 555 sonatas which Scarlatti composed for the keyboard. These works were most likely composed after 1720 when Scarlatti left his native Italy to take a post as chapelmaster at the court of King João V of Portugal. One of his duties in this appointment was to tutor the daughter of the King, Maria Barbara, who would eventually become Queen of Spain. Scarlatti would follow her to Seville and then to Madrid. Maria Barbara was known as an accomplished harpsichordist, and it is quite possible that these sonatas were the product of her close relationship with the composer.


  • Model: 5183 / CNP74416
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  • Condition: New
  • UPC: 9781625590008
  • ISBN: 1625590008

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